Marin IJ Articles
March 16, 2013
Organic vegetable gardeners are sound examples of sustainability in action. No, that word does not mean you have to run out and buy a fancy water bottle or exotic wood furniture. I don't know anyone who's building raised beds out of bamboo or using hemp row covers.
But I do know plenty of gardeners who are unwittingly reducing Marin's oversized environmental footprint by growing some of their own food. So pat yourself on the back if you have a row of carrots to hoe.
Let's resist the urge to get all preachy and declare that we're growing green beans because we've joined the local food revolution, however. For most of us, it simply means we prefer the drip-down-your-chin juiciness of a luscious homegrown tomato. Or the sweet pop of a freshly plucked blueberry. Or the earthly delight of snipping tender-crisp asparagus spears. Let's leave revolutions out of it, shall we?
You can learn all about growing edibles the right way at the Master Gardeners' Edible Landscaping Series (http://bit.ly/Wj3soC) on March 25 at the Corte Madera Community Center. In these classes you'll learn how to design, amend, plant and maintain your edible garden. The first class is free, and the four subsequent Monday classes are $15 each. A separate series of edible landscape classes, which began Feb. 27, are currently running at the Civic Center in San Rafael. It's not too late, however, to join in.
"This is a chance for experienced vegetable gardeners to get new ideas, and for novice gardeners to get started," says Corte Madera Community Center presenter Toni Gattone. "There are many misconceptions about what it takes to grow some of your own food, and these classes will help clear that up."
Spring is the perfect time to hone your skills, since it's prime planting time for many edibles. Here are three solid reasons why getting on the edibles bandwagon is good for your palate and your planet — and why attending the Edibles Landscape series might be just what you need for inspiration and know-how.